Best instrument maker-designer-player (2008)


After jamming with saxist David S. Ware and impressing both Sonny Rollins and playwright Ntozake Shange, COOPER MOORE decided to go beyond his keyboard repertoire to become an inventor. Some of his creations include the 21-string horizontal hoe-handle harp, the teze (an eight-string electric zither played with sticks), the twanger (a two-string electric lute), and the xylophone-like ashimba, a few of which have found their way into art galleries. Moore opines, "Instruments come to me because they have a need to be born."


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